What are Dental Implants?
We often hear the question “What are dental implants?” at our dental practice. Mini-implants, single tooth implants, implant-retained bridges, implant-retained dentures…no matter what they’re called or how they’re used, dental implants are replacements for missing teeth. Whether you have lost just one tooth or many teeth, titanium dental implants can comfortably and beautifully fill in your gaps. Implants are tailored to fit your mouth and designed to match your other teeth so you can enjoy a gorgeous smile again.
Made with innovative titanium and porcelain, dental implants are natural-looking and permanent. Titanium dental implants are made of two parts: a titanium post that is attached to the jawbone and a porcelain tooth that is secured to the post. A quick look at these two materials goes a long way in understanding why dental implants are so popular.
Why Are Implants Such a Great Choice?
- Titanium is commonly used in both orthopedic and dental procedures because it is biocompatible, meaning it is not rejected by the body, and because it performs osseointegration, meaning it naturally bonds with bones for a strong, even lifetime, base for your teeth. Titanium is also a remarkable material for its ability to resist corrosion, making it an ideal material for the post of a dental implant because it is long-lasting and non-toxic.
- Porcelain is an excellent material for the prosthetic tooth of a dental implant because it reflects light the same way as tooth enamel. Porcelain can even be matched to the exact shade of your other teeth so that no one will be able to tell a difference between your implant and your natural teeth. Porcelain is also a great choice because it is more durable than enamel, which helps your titanium dental implants to look new and attractive for decades to come.
Different Implants for Different Needs
Depending on your tooth loss, our Tampa dental implant office may answer your question “What are dental implants?” by recommending one of the following implant solutions for restoring your teeth and your smile:
Single Tooth Implant
The most common form of dental implant, a single tooth implant involves placing the titanium anchor into the bone of a single missing tooth. After the implant has had time to bond to the bone, a color-matched permanent porcelain crown is then attached to the titanium dental implant, giving the strength and appearance of your natural teeth.
For cases with multiple adjacent teeth missing, installing a fixed bridge is a less invasive procedure than implants for each missing tooth. The dental bridge contains all the porcelain teeth replacements in one piece and is anchored on dental implants spread across the gumline. This implant bridge can be full or partial, depending on the extent of teeth loss.
If you already have an existing set of dentures, Dr. Bynum will install only a few posts to create an anchor to the bone. The denture is adjusted to attach to these posts rather than the gum only, creating a stronger bond and making it easier to speak and eat normally. Implant-supported dentures will stay in place much better than traditional dentures.
Mini-Implants for Stronger Dentures
Another alternative for those suffering from the discomfort of ill-fitting dentures, mini-implants are smaller versions of implants that snap your dentures into place and keep them there. These implant-retained dentures are stronger and easier to care for than traditional dentures that require creams or other adhesives, making them a great alternative when a full set of titanium dental implants won’t work.
What’s more, patients can have their existing dentures modified to work with mini-implants, in just one visit! The miniature screws are simply threaded into the bone through the gum tissue in a quick surgery that requires only local anesthesia. Patients usually recover quickly enough to resume normal eating habits in a matter of hours. These mini-implants are less invasive than traditional implants, meaning they don’t require lengthy periods of healing in between each step of the process. Instead, the mini-screws cause such little trauma to the tissue that what used to require multiple surgeries can now be done in just one.
Our Tampa Dental Implant Office is Ready to Help
So what are dental implants? They are a long-lasting, secure dental restoration that can give you a beautiful and natural smile. To find out if titanium dental implants or mini-implants are right for you, call our Valrico dental office today at 813-413-7518 for a consultation.
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Meet Tampa Implant Dentist Dr. Jeff Bynum
Dr. Jeff Bynum, DDS of Valrico has been creating beautiful smiles in the Tampa – Brandon, FL area for more than 20 years. Learn more